Urinary Tract Infection

Beryl Randolph, M.D. -  - OBGYN

Beryl Randolph, M.D.

OBGYN located in Houston, TX

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be uncomfortable and even painful, and they may be a sign of an underlying health condition. Beryl Randolph, MD, OB/GYN, has the expertise to treat acute and chronic UTIs so they won’t interfere with your daily life. To learn more, call East Houston OB/GYN in Houston or schedule an appointment online today.

Urinary Tract Infection Q & A

What is a urinary tract infection?

A UTI occurs when harmful bacteria invade any part of the urinary system. This includes the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. Most UTIs affect the lower urinary tract, i.e., the bladder and urethra.

What causes a UTI?

Urinary tract infections are more common in women than in men. Additional factors that can increase your risk for UTIs include:

  • Certain medications, such as antibiotics
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Sexual activity
  • Certain forms of birth control, like a diaphragm or spermicides
  • Menopause
  • Chronic health conditions, such as diabetes
  • Compromised immune function

Urinary tract infections can be uncomfortable, but they aren’t usually dangerous. However, an untreated UTI could spread to your kidneys, and this can cause severe complications.

What are the symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

If you have a UTI, you may not have any symptoms. When a UTI does cause symptoms, they may include:

  • Pain or a burning sensation when urinating
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary urgency
  • Frequent urination
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Abnormal discharge
  • Pelvic pain or discomfort

If you notice blood in your urine or your urine appears pink, red, or dark brown, you may have a urinary tract infection.

How does an OB/GYN diagnose a urinary tract infection?

If Dr. Randolph suspects you have a UTI, she’ll collect a urine sample, which will be sent to a lab and analyzed for signs of infection, checking white blood cells, red blood cells, and the presence of bacteria. If you have frequent UTIs, she may recommend diagnostic imaging, such as a CT scan, an MRI, or a cystoscopy to determine if you have an underlying condition that is contributing to your chronic urinary tract infections.  

What is does UTI care look like?

Most UTIs can be treated with antibiotics, and they usually clear up in a short time after you begin taking the medication. If you have pain, Dr. Randolph can prescribe medication to make you more comfortable.

If you have persistent UTIs, you may need a longer course of antibiotics and/or additional medications, or you may need to address an underlying health condition that is increasing your risk for urinary tract infections.

To learn more, call East Houston OB/GYN, or schedule an appointment online today.